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Sofia Medical University

Located in: Bulgaria

  • Sofia MU is the most prestigious medical university in Bulgaria, with a rich history that dates back to its establishment in 1917
  • Renowned for its international collaborations and programmes, providing students with global exposure and opportunities to study abroad
  • Graduates are awarded internationally recognised diplomas that are accepted in the UK, Europe, and worldwide

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
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Graduate Entry
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Entrance Exam
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Living Costs
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The curricula for the academic year
2022/2023 are now available.

About Sofia Medical University, Bulgaria

The Faculty of Medicine at the Medical University of Sofia was founded in 1917 and is the oldest medical faculty in Bulgaria. It has always strived to be a regional leader among other medical schools in the country. That’s why, since its inception, the university has kept increasing the quality of education over the years, so it could become one of the best places to study medicine in Europe. And it did.

Courses Offered at Sofia Medical University

Medical University Sofia accepts 400 students in the medicine-in-English course and 80 in the dentistry-in-English course.

The MD Programme at Sofia Medical University lasts six years and is organized in three stages:

  • Preclinical training - offers fundamental biological and medical knowledge;
  • Clinical training - associated with gaining knowledge related to diagnostics and treatment. Clinical education at the Medical Faculty after the third year is organized in a modular system.
  • Pregraduation practice - cames as rotations at the departments of the University hospitals.

The final state examination comprises five exams in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Hygiene and Ecology. The successful graduates are conferred the “Master” degree and qualification “Physician”.

The Dental Medicine Programme is split into three phases and runs for a total of five and a half years, which includes a six-month pre-graduate internship. For the first two years, students undertake medicobiological studies. From the second semester through to the tenth, clinical and dental training take place, covering general medical and specific dental disciplines.

The pre-diploma internship encompasses various areas, such as Paediatric Dental Medicine, Conservative Dental Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Prosthetic Dental Medicine, Periodontology, and Orthodontics.

The Pharmacy Programme, structured in three stages, spans five years. The initial stage focusses on establishing the foundational knowledge for aspiring pharmacists. The second stage is designed to impart specialised knowledge and skills required in the field of pharmacy. The final stage of the course, a practical training period, is undertaken during the final semester at public or hospital pharmacies that serve as training centres.

There is no Graduate Entry program offered at Sofia Medical University.

MU Sofia is located in the city centre, Sofia 1431, blvd. “Acad. Ivan Geshov” № 15.

Extracurricular and Leisure Activities

There are several student organisations of interest for aspiring doctors. The Student Council is a natural choice for people with leadership qualities. On the other hand, the Medical Students Association seems mandatory for everyone with a future in medicine. Finally, the European Club for Ecology and Sustainable Development attracts socially active students who like to champion causes.

Furthermore, future doctors can take part in research programmes and research competitions. The latter enables students to propose their own research projects to the university. Winners receive official funding and the opportunity to create history.

Medical University of Sofia Tuition Fees

The university teaches the following courses in English: medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy, and it takes 6, 5,5, and 5 years to complete, respectively. Medicine and dentistry tuition fees are ~ per year, while pharmacy is approximately per year. Living expenses amount to around per month.

Sofia Medical University doesn’t offer a graduate-entry medicine, but it accepts transfers from other medical schools. Each academic year covers 60 ECTS credits in this university. Transfer students with academic differences may need to study any missing subjects, on top of the usual subjects, in the year they are transfering to at this university. In this case, transfer students would have to pay approximately per extra credit on top of the usual annual tuition fees. This applies if the student has some subjects missing in their transcript compared to the University of Sofia's curriculum. The extra credits are in addition to the usual curriculum and sequence of subjects in Bulgaria. For example, if you are transferring into the 3rd year of medicine, but you are missing "Social Medicine" (5 ECTS) then you'd be accepted into the third year on condition that you study "Social Medicine" on top of all of the subjects of the third year. Therefore, an additional fee to cover the teaching hours provided to you in "Social Medicine" would be per credit. In total, 5 ECTS multiplied by , coming to a total of , on top of the annual tuition fee of .

Submission of documents costs , and the fees for the exams in Chemistry, Biology and English are in total.

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Medical University of Sofia Admission & Entry Requirements

Admission of EU and EEC and Confederation Switzerland citizens:

  • The deadline for the admission of documents is from mid-July to mid-September.
  • Exams in English, Biology, and Chemistry* are usually done a few days after the application window ends.
  • Results and rankings follow 2 or 3 days after the exams.

*If one of the exam components is not taken successfully, the exam is considered failed. The results of the written works are final.
Students are ranked based on their final high school grade in Biology and Chemistry and their final entry test score. Students must apply before early September at the latest. The sooner you apply, the higher your chance of acceptance.

Seeking admission to Sofia Medical University can be a highly competitive endeavour, with the application process often feeling overwhelming and nearly impossible to navigate alone. The university imposes a lengthy list of application requirements and legal procedures that must be fulfilled, including the submission of specific documents that need to be translated, notarised, and legalised. Failure to fulfil these will lead to your application getting rejected. However, you need not face this daunting task alone. Our team of admissions experts, widely regarded as the best in Europe, specialises in perfectly managing all legal aspects associated with med school applications. Furthermore, we have a good relationship with Sofia Medical University and possess extensive knowledge of the entire application process and entrance exam. From the beginning till the end, we will handle your application, ensuring it is of the highest quality - significantly enhancing your chances of securing admission to this esteemed medical school. Additionally, we will provide you with exceptional study materials that will completely prepare you for the demanding entrance exam, making it considerably easier for you to conquer. By choosing Medlink Students, you can alleviate the stress of applying abroad and channel your energy towards preparing for the entry examination.

The entrance test is carried out at the university itself. There, our students who currently study at the faculty will meet you. They will support you and advise you on the best practices for success while studying medicine abroad at Sofia Medical University.

Contact us now and learn about all the ways we can make your admission easier.

Transfer To The Medical University Of Sofia

Sofia Medical University transfers are possible from other medical schools. Aside from providing assistance for first year admissions, we also help students transfer from a different university to Sofia Medical School.

Sofia Medical University Accreditation

MU Sofia is an accredited university, and the diploma is internationally recognised.

Sofia Medical University holds accreditation from Bulgaria’s Ministry of Education and Science and the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency in Bulgaria.

The GMC recognises the Medical University of Sofia. To be accepted, the GMC’s requirements are: you will need to have graduated successfully in a course that included at least 5,500 hours and lasted at least three years.

Accommodation at the Medical University of Sofia

Although there are dormitories available for MUS, they are situated far from the university, around 30 minutes walking distance. International students in Sofia usually prefer to rent a flat close to the university.

Prices for a one-bedroom apartment vary between per month, which is affordable, given that Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. We advise you to look into the tenancy option because it will make your life so much easier.

In the vicinity of the Medical University of Sofia, you can find all kinds of entertainment – cafeterias, restaurants, shopping centers, clubs, parks, and more. There are several large shopping malls in the city which will take you a few minutes to get to by using the subway.

Life as a Medical Student in Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria, and with a population of 1.5 million people, it is no wonder it hosts more than 105,000 students in higher education. Young scholars have plenty of opportunities not only for leisure and entertainment but for growth and maturity as well.

The scenic Vitosha mountain towers over the city, and it is a constant source of beauty and recreation. Students often spend their weekends hiking the trails, skiing the slopes, or climbing the peaks and then pursuing their studies with renewed vigour.

However, leaving the city is not the only way to get in contact with nature since Sofia has several large parks and many city gardens to explore. While some are quiet havens for relaxation and introspection, others are excellent locations for sport and recreation.

Speaking of recreation, Sofia has a rich cultural life to explore. There are several theatres, operas, and concert halls. International stars are frequent guests, and students can witness plenty of monumental events and shows in the capital of Bulgaria.

The city also offers glorious landmarks for young explorers. The St. Sophia Church and the Rotunda Church of St. George are 17 centuries old, and they have operated since Roman times. While those two are the oldest temples, there are other glorious churches, mosques, and synagogues within the city.

Sofia is an excellent city for young people who enjoy a dynamic lifestyle. Students have an abundance of events to choose from, and most of them are perfect for networking.

Term Dates

The academic year for first-year students admitted who are taught in English in MedicineDental Medicine, and Pharmacy starts in October every year.

Accommodation Costs

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Living & Studying In Sofia Medical University

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Sofia Medical University Bulgaria accredited?

The Sofia Medical University is officially recognised by the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria. The GMC recognises the university. Therefore your MD degree will be recognised worldwide, and you will be able to practise medicine everywhere.

Does Sofia Medical University offer a graduate entry medicine programme?

Unfortunately no. We will update you if there is such a possibility in the future.

Can I transfer to Medical University of Sofia?

Absolutely yes! Sofia Medical University accepts student transfers from another medical school.

How much do the tuition fees cost at Sofia Medical University?

Medicine and dentistry cost per year. Pharmacy is €6000 per year.

Where is Sofia Medical University?

The university is located in Sofia, Bulgaria. The city lies in Sofia valley, in the feet of Vitosha mountain. The address is Sofia 1431, blvd. “Acad. Ivan Geshov” № 15

Can you study medicine in English at Sofia Medical University?

Yes. You can study medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy in English.

Does Sofia Medical University have graduates registered with the GMC?

Yes. The university has over 300 graduates registered with the UK General Medical Council.

Is there an entrance examination for Sofia Medical University?

Yes. There are entry exams in Biology, Chemistry, and English.

What are the entry requirements for Sofia Medical University?

There are entrance exams in Biology, Chemistry, and English. The exam results are the basis for admission to the university.

What are the term dates for Sofia Medical University?

The academic year starts in October, and the first semester lasts until February. The second semester begins in mid-February and lasts until the end of May.

Is Sofia Medical University good?

The Medical University of Sofia has over a century of history, and it has trained thousands of students throughout the years. The school has modern teaching facilities and equipment, and medical students have the opportunity to propose their own research. The affordable tuition fees and living costs are additional advantages for international students.

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